Thanksgiving Travel Tips

54.3 million Americans will travel 50+ miles for Thanksgiving this year according to estimates from AAA. Of those, nearly 49 million will travel by motor vehicle, slowing travel times as much as four-times over in some of the nation’s most congested cities – like Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Orlando – which can make driving very frustrating. Therefore, the very first tip to safe travel on Thanksgiving is: remain calm. Aggressive, erratic driving does not get you to your destination faster. These behaviors do, however, reduce your chances of getting to your destination alive.

Thanksgiving Travel Tips from My Price Lawyers

Drive Like Your Life Depends on It

The best way to drive, always, is like your life and the lives of everyone else on the road depends on your doing it well.

Driving well means:

  • Avoiding all forms of distraction. Cell Phones are no good while driving, but neither are handsfree alternatives. Have a passenger adjust electronics, music, and messages. You focus on driving. Just on driving.
  • Follow all traffic signs and signals. You’ll want to follow the flow of traffic, but not if that means speeding, making unannounced lane changes, or other inconsiderate driving behaviors.
  • Allow a sufficient gap between yourself and the car in front of you. 2-3 car lengths is ideal on the highway. This will give you plenty of time to respond to sudden stops or shifts in traffic flow.
  • Be nice. Drive with courtesy and be forgiving. The calmer you stay, the less awful traffic will seem. Give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination and engage fully with what’s happening: it’s Thanksgiving. There is going to be more traffic. Some of it may be stand-still. This is just a fact. Getting frustrated doesn’t change reality.

Being polite, remaining calm, and paying attention to what you’re doing can help you avoid causing a motor vehicle accident during the Thanksgiving holiday travel week (Wednesday, November 21 – Sunday, November 25). Driving like it matters can also help you – along with everyone else who is riding in your car, truck, or SUV – avoid being the victim of someone else’s accident.

What Happens if I’m Injured?

If you are injured while driving to or from your Thanksgiving celebration, My Price Lawyers can help. We are a referral network of exceptional personal injury attorneys in Tampa, Brandon, Lakeland, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Orlando, Sebring and nearby areas throughout the state of Florida. While attorneys in our network offer legal services at affordable rates, they are neither “cheap” nor “discounted.” Instead, they are committed to helping victims of serious injury get justice and do not want current financial considerations to be an impediment to success.

If you are in need of a personal injury lawyer anywhere along the Gulf Coast, please call My Price Lawyers at 844-716-8476 to schedule a complimentary case review with one of our experienced lawyers today.

Changing Behavior to Save Lives: Simple Steps to Avoid Distraction

Distracted Driving Car Accidents | Tampa, FLDistracted driving is now suspected as a factor in a majority of all auto accidents. However, many people assume that simply not texting or typing while driving solves the problem. This is, tragically, far from the truth. In fact, cellphone use is only a factor in a very small percentage of distracted driving accidents, listed as a cause in just 12% of these collisions.

General inattention or daydreaming is the leading cause of distracted driving accidents. A factor in 62% of distracted driving car crashes, inattention to the task at hand results in more serious injuries and deaths than any other type of distraction. This means that the easiest way to avoid causing a distracted driving accident is paying attention. Consciously, intentionally, and relentlessly paying attention.

What Kinds of Things Cause Distraction?

You can help focus your attention by avoiding things that are known to cause distraction. These include:

  • Eating and drinking
  • Personal grooming (applying makeup, shaving, combing hair, etc.)
  • Adjusting the radio or a portable music device
  • Adjusting climate controls
  • Turning to talk to passengers
  • Rubbernecking
  • Smoking

We have been led to believe that on-board electronic offerings, connected wirelessly or through BlueTooth, will allow us to operate our vehicles safely, even while using our electronic devices. This is not true. A comprehensive study conducted by AAA found that hands-free technology is actually more distracting than handheld options. You are more likely to injure someone or take a life if you are talking to your electronics than you are if you are typing on them. To truly avoid harming others, program your entertainment or infotainment system before you begin to drive and leave changing it in the hands of passengers. Alternately, you can turn these systems off completely.

Taking Responsibility

Each of us works to prevent accidents by choosing to behave responsibly. This is a conscious choice that must be made every time you enter your vehicle. Even a moment’s inattention places everyone on the road at great risk for harm.

You reduce your risk of causing an accident by:

  • Turning your cellphone off
  • Programming GPS and choosing music/radio before you begin driving
  • Eating and drinking outside of the car
  • Grooming in a bathroom
  • Keeping your eyes and attention on the road

When you drive, you have only one task: to safely maneuver your vehicle to its destination. You cannot do this if you are multitasking. No one can actually multitask, no matter what they may believe, which means anything you do while driving that is not directly related to driving increases your risk of killing yourself or someone else. You alone have the power to prevent this.

What Happens if a Distracted Driver Hits Me?

Your responsible driving habits can only go so far. The behavior of others is a constant factor on the road. If you are hit by a distracted driver, you are entitled to hold that person accountable and seek compensation for any related damages.

Even if the driver way not breaking the law, you may be entitled to compensation for:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Physical and emotional pain and suffering

The best way to learn if you have cause to file suit is through a one-on-one consultation with one of our Lakeland, Florida personal injury lawyers. During this complimentary case evaluation, we can help you understand your options and guide you towards the best one for your needs.

Please call 800-475-7005 to schedule your complimentary consultation today. Our lawyers serve the Florida communities of Tampa, Brandon, Lakeland, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Orlando, Sebring, and all surrounding areas.